Brush Fire & Lots of Info 6/3/2020

Dear Neighbors
As if there wasn’t enough going on in our country and state, Beaver Creek had a close call with a brush fire running on the east side of I-17 between MP 293 (McGuireville) and north to about MP 296. The northbound lanes were closed while fire crews defeated the flames. This could have been a tragedy for families in Beaver Creek if the fire had continued further eastward. POBs (pats on back) to MANNY ROMERO for the fine photos and videos of the event which are posted on the Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CopperCanyonFMD/videos/255205849128650 
However, earlier in the day, Jodi Rooney spoke at the State Transportation Board meeting in support of replacing our inadequate I-17 interchange and bridge in McGuireville. She is a transportation professional and a candidate for the Yavapai County District 2 Supervisor office. Her work is a follow up to the fine letter of support for this project sent to that board in April and to the presentations from the BCCA Board last year. Her words:
“You have helped us with many projects over the years and it is our intention to continue to be innovative and follow through.  We also appreciate Board Member Gary Knight representing us.
I-17, by its nature, requires multiple improvement and maintenance.  ADOT, FHWA and regional partners have always stepped up.  Our current national economic situation has required us all to sacrifice.  We are seeing this with the tentative 5-year program.  While we understand this, I speak to and ask that I-17 continue to remain a priority.  Specifically, project H68000, study roadway widening, design, construction – I-17 from Anthem Way TI to Cordes Junction (over $300 million).
I believe Supervisor Thurman sent a letter last month regarding the McGuireville TI.  I ask that you keep this on the radar. 
This ‘N That
  • Please complete the 10 census questions for your household altogether or individually. Just get it done! www.2020census.gov. (See flyer below)  Add /jobs to get that info.
  • The weekly Food Share at Beaver Creek School will be open for drive thru every Thursday in June & July from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. The 2nd Saturday food distribution will continue as always from 7:45 AM to 9:30 AM. (See flyer below)
  • Tuzigoot and Montezuma Castle have now opened trails for public use. Montezuma Well remains closed. (BCCA has sent a written request to open the trails and picnic area at the well.) (See flyer below)
  • The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meetings will resume in person meeting after July 1. Meanwhile here is the streaming info for today’s meeting: live stream by going to www.Yavapai.us/District2 and this is the link to the agenda https://destinyhosted.com/agenda.
    • On Monday, June 1, the Yavapai County Recorder’s office opened for in person services.
    • The Yavapai County Planning & Zoning Commissions and Board of Adjustments will resume meetings in September using social distancing and other safety protocols.
Taking fire precautions,
. . . . . the calendar crew  
  
MONTEZUMA CASTLE AND TUZIGOOT NATIONAL MOUMENTS ARE BEGINNING TO INCREASE RECREATIONAL ACCESS TO OUTDOOR SPACES.
Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments are increasing recreational access to trails and outdoor spaces. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
 
Beginning June 5 th , 2020, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will reopen access to:
  • Outside trails at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot
  • Picnic areas at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:
  • Visitor Centers
  • Park Stores
  • Museums
  • Restrooms
  • Montezuma Well (Entire Unit)
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments are also observing Stage II Fire Restrictions.    During this stage, the following is prohibited:
  • Igniting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, including use of charcoal or briquettes.
  • The use of stoves or grills that are solely fueled by liquid petroleum gas (LPG) are allowed.
  • Operating internal combustion power tools, such as a chainsaw or other equipment, between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Generators with an approved spark arresting device in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the generator are allowed
  • Welding, or operating any acetylene or other torch with an open flame
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle.  Deposit butts in an ashtray, do not toss or discard on the road or surrounding ground.
  • The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At The Verde Valley Monuments, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.
    While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders (https://www.yavapai.us/chs), practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health. 

    We have amazing virtual tours of Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot all of the time, so for people who are still home schooling or not traveling at this time check out www.nps.gov/moca or www.nps.gov/tuzi.

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    eNews 5/18/2020 – Lots of Info

    Dear Neighbors
    Watch out for the wind today and especially tomorrow…predicted to be up to 31 MPH today and 37 MPH on Tuesday. No fires allowed per Copper Canyon Fire & Medical restrictions.
    The Beaver Creek Library is back to their 6 day a week schedule which includes Saturdays. Service is still call ahead for curbside service. Open 10:30 AM to 6 PM Mondays through Thursdays and 9 AM to 3 PM on Friday and Saturday.
    The Lake Montezuma Women’s Civic Club wishes to thank everyone who bid on the four-basket fundraiser. $400 was contributed for the scholarship fund.
    Last Thursday was the first weekly Food Share in Beaver Creek. These will continue throughout the summer in addition to the Beaver Creek Food Bank at the Beaver Creek School the 2nd Saturday morning of each month. The Beaver Creek Kiwanis have purchased 60 whole frozen chickens for the boxes this Thursday which will again be a drive through at Beaver Creek School from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Thank you to Marlyn Van Keuren, YC District 2 Executive Assistant for making this happen, to the Salvation Army for making the delivery and to Manzanita Outreach for providing and packing the food. Volunteers at the site included Marlyn, Jodi Rooney (candidate in the upcoming District 2 election), Jessica Herrera, Roz Birdsall, Mark Holst, Bev Jackson (Cornville Community Association President), Beth Franklin (BC Librarian), and Janet Aniol.
    ****On Wednesday, May 20, Beaver Creek School’s 8th grade class will be doing a parade for their promotion. The parade will begin at BC School and follow a route that takes us down by the Lake Montezuma Village Square (see picture). The parade will begin at the school at 6 PM. Staff and Parents are hoping to get support from the community. Please come out and cheer on our 8th graders as they prepare to move on to high school. Thank you in advance for your support in making what could have been a disappointment to our students into something memorable for them.
    The Beaver Creek Community Association is working on a questionnaire for the six candidates for the office of Yavapai County District 2 Supervisor in order to give voters more information. If you would like to make a recommendation for a question, please email the calendar crew. The BCCA board meets today, further information is below.
    Since all six of the above candidates are Republicans, the new supervisor will be elected in the Primary election on August 4. Information for registered Independents is below.
    Wind in the forecast,
    . . . . . the calendar crew  
     
    Yes! Arizona has an open primary law which allows any voter who is registered as independent to cast a ballot for one of the officially recognized political parties in State Primary Elections. Independent voters on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) will receive a postcard in the mail asking them to choose which party ballot they wish to receive for the Primary Election. The corresponding primary ballot will then be sent by mail to the voter to complete approximately 27 days prior to the election.
    Independent voters who go to the polls on Election Day will be given the option to choose a party ballot at that time.
    Monthly Meeting – Via Zoom
     Monday, May 18, 2020, 3:00 PM
    Beaver Creek Community Association 
    AGENDA
     
    Public participation is appreciated. There is a 2-minute time limit for public participation/comments from individuals. We encourage people to use ZOOM to participate.
    Call for Public Discussion Items not listed below. Discussion with residents.
    President’s Update :
    1. Minutes for March & Financial Report: Request to accept donations toward Rollins Park upkeep from Mikki & Terry Weissinger and Dennis & Janet Aniol
    1. New Business.   Discussion and possible action on each
    • Cornville Community Association request for assistance in the P&Z process in reference to the Spring Creek Ranch proposal. From their president, Bev Jackson, If you could encourage your citizens to write a letter opposing Spring Creek Ranch that would be WONDERFUL.  The developers have been all over Sedona getting signatures on form letters and have almost 200!   Each household can submit one letter.  There are instructions for addressing on our website. www.cornvilleaz.org As soon as we know when this will be heard by the P&Z Commission, I will also share that date so that anyone who is willing to attend and support our fight against adding 2100 units (4200+ people) on less than 1% of the land occupied by the slightly less than 4000 people currently in our small community.”
    1. Old Business. Discussion and possible action on each
    • Rollins Park update
    • District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman wrote to ADOT in support of our quest to improve and reconstruct TI 293 on I-17 at McGuireville. He received the following response from the Division Director of Multimodal Planning, “I am in receipt of your email and have directed our planning team to add this project to our current call for projects. It will be added to the list of projects to be reviewed and evaluated for prioritization in the 2022 project priority list.”
    • 6 candidates for the District 2 Supervisor office. List of questions for candidate responses to help our votes make an informed decision.
    • Thank you letter to Supervisor Tom Thurman for his letter to ADOT on our behalf.
    • Thank you letter to Marlyn Van Keuren for her work in setting up a weekly food share for Beaver Creek.
     
     
    Adjournment. The next meeting is at 3 PM on June 8, 2020 in the Beaver Creek Adult Center.
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    Beaver Creek eNews 12/9/2019

     

    Dear Neighbors
    The creek is rushing and thundering and some crossings are flooded, but mostly we’re just enjoying getting some very needed rain. Please remember to stop and not cross if the roadway is covered with water. That water is much more powerful than it looks, and we all know that folks have lost their lives or their vehicles by inattention to safety during desert rainfall.
    This week we have especially good news. Thanks to the Yavapai Apache Nation, particularly the Transit Division, Beaver Creek and Verde Lakes now have bus routes which connect residents to Camp Verde and on to Cottonwood and Sedona, Monday through Friday. Monday is the first day of operation in the beautiful new bus which hits the McGuireville stop at 7:33 and 8:01 AM that morning. Rides cost $1.25. The driver has schedules to hand out. Look for the bus stop signs throughout our community. On Saturday, Beaver Creek Transit will continue to run the free local shuttle throughout Beaver Creek from 10 AM to 2 PM in a continuous loop for rides to the Dollar stores, Gasmart, BC library, and McGuireville.
    Please note the “Good Things” that continue to happen at Beaver Creek School. This year the school needs increased AZ Tax Credit donations. Up to $200 (single) or up to $400 (married) of your tax liability may be donated to the school and will be refunded to you after filing your AZ tax return. Please consider dropping off a check at the school or going online to www.bcs.k12.az.us  and using PayPal to help students get the extracurricular activities that many benefit from.
    photo from Eileen Conn

    On Monday afternoon there is another Kids of Hope training session (call first to sign up) and the Blue Christmas Service in the evening. Both BCCA and Beaver Creek School have board meetings on Monday. The last three days of Christmas House are Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The fund donations are less than last year, but there are more children on the list. If you have items to donate that can be sold, please drop them off or call Rosemary at 300-2640 for pick up.

    Upcoming on Saturday is the annual Beaver Creek Adult Center Potluck and Raffle which is always a wonderful event. On Saturday and Sunday is your last chance to get memorable Santa photos in the photo trailer at Candy’s Creekside Cottage. The following Monday, December 16, is the second community participation meeting for the Primrose Peak Estates which will be held at 6 PM in the BC School Multipurpose Room.
    Enjoying the sound of rain,
    . . . . . the calendar crew  
    Special Events December 9 through December 16
    Monday, 12/9-Kids at Hope Mentor/Training is at BC School from 3 PM to 5 PM. Beaver Creek School is looking for adults in the community who would like to become an Interest-driven, School-based Treasure Hunter / Mentor to our students. If you are willing to commit to Kids at Hope/Mentor Training (about 2 hours) and have about 30 minutes per week for the school year to commit to a student in Beaver Creek School, we would love to Montezuma Chapelchat with you! Please call 928-567-4631. (See flyer below)
     
    Monday, 12/9-The Blue Christmas Service begins at 7 PM in Montezuma Chapel, 3450 E Rusty Spurs Rd. Blue Christmas is a quiet service where participants are guided through scripture, prayer and music and allowed time to be present to and rest from the things that can make this season such a challenge.   All are welcome, the service lasts about an hour. Please contact Scott or Charity Worden at 928-567-5804 for more information.

    Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 12/12,13,14–The Kiwanis Christmas House  is located again this year in the former

    photo from Eileen Conn

    Barefoot’s Market, 3315 E Beaver Creek Rd and open from 10 AM to 5 PM. Christmas gifts and food will be purchased for 47 families with 100+ children from your donations for the merchandise.  More Christmas are needed to sell. These contributions may be made at the Kiwanis Clothes Closet during their open hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat from 10 to 3:00 PM or at the Christmas House. Thank you to the community for their support for this effort and a special thank you to Steve Allgrove for again loaning the use of his building!

    Friday, 12/13-A Christmas Cantata “A Celebration of Carols” will be sung by the Montezuma Chapel Choir directed by Charity Worden starting at 7 PM. There are special narrations, solos, duets and guitars. Refreshments following. Turn up Top O the Morning across from the fire station. Then turn right at the top; the chapel is down a few yards.
    Saturday & Sunday, 12/14&15-Get Your Picture with Santa from 10 AM to 2 PM in the Pistols & Petticoats photo trailer at Candy’s Creekside Cottage in McGuireville, 2130 E Beaver Creek Rd. (See flyer below)
     
    Saturday, 12/14-The Emerald Waves Healing Blowout Sale is from 10 AM to 4 PM.
    Saturday, 12/14-The Annual Potluck & Raffle starts at 5 PM in the Beaver Creek Adult Center, 4250 E Zuni Way. Bring a dish and join in the fun. Open to the community and all are welcome. (See flyer below)
     
    Sunday, 12/15- Sound Journey performs at 3 PM at Emerald Waves Healing, 3470 E Beaver Creek Rd.
    Monday, 12/16-The PPE Meeting scheduled by Rimrock Properties LLC will be at 6 PM in the Beaver Creek School Multipurpose Room (cafetorium). The additional meeting is required by the county since the developer requests to build a new entrance opposite Brocket Ranch Rd rather than create an entrance at Bice Rd.
    Regularly Scheduled Meetings & Activities 12/9 Through 12/14

    Monday, 12/9–The Beaver Creek Community Association (BCCA)  meets at 3:00 PM in the BC Adult Center. Items of special interest are zoning ordinance amendments on trailer camp landscaping buffers and secondary medical dwellings  Please contact Janet Aniol at 928-592-2839 for further information. www.BeaverCreekAZ.us 
    Monday, 12/9–The Beaver Creek School Governing Board  meets at 6:00 PM in the school board room.  The board also will meet this month on 9/30. The agenda will be posted at several sites locally and is also at: www.bcs.k12.az.us
     
    Mondays, 12/9-Merry Movie Mondays at the BC Adult Center start at 7 PM every Monday evening. $1donation & free popcorn. For more information call 928-567-4556.
    Tuesday, 12/10–The BC Kiwanis  meet at 7:30 AM in the BC Adult Center Main Room.  Please call Carol Keeton at 928-606-4050 for more information. www.BCKiwanis.org
    Tuesday, 12/10-The Copper Canyon Fire Auxiliary will meet at 10 AM at the Montezuma Rimrock Fire Station. Please contact Laurie Stafford at 928-567-4820 for more information.
    Wednesday, 12/11–The Blood Pressure Clinic  is available the second Wednesday of each month in the BC Adult Center from 9:30 AM to 11 AM.  Come get your blood pressure taken by Sue Brann, RN.
    Wednesday, 12/11-The Advent Supper & Service starts at 6 PM at Grace Community Lutheran Church at 5100 N Stevenson Dr. Wednesdays through December 18.
    Friday, 12/13-Toddler Story Time is held from 10:15 AM to 11 AM every Friday at the Beaver Creek Library.
    Saturday, 12/14–Free food is available at Beaver Creek School  from 7:45 to 9 AM.  Food is always available the second Saturday of each month for distribution to everyone and during the month as needed.  Emergency boxes are available by calling the school at 928-567-4631.
    Saturday, 12/14-Free Yoga Classes are held at Montezuma Well at 2:45 PM every 2nd and 4th Saturday, October through December. More information is available at 928-567-3322 ext 0.
    National Park Service   News Release
     
    For Immediate Release -November 15, 2019
    Laura Varon-Burkhart, Park Ranger, 928-634-5564
    Tuzigoot National Monument – Clarkdale, AZ
    Free Tavasci Marsh Tours for the Month of December
     
    At the bottom of the eastern slope of Tuzigoot Pueblo lies the largest desert wetland in Arizona that is not associated with the Colorado River.  For thousands of years, this marsh has served as a watery refuge for its surrounding desert neighbors.  People have had a unique and, at times, unbalanced relationship with the marsh, which is now under federal protection as part of Tuzigoot National Monument.
    Every weekend in the month of December, rangers will be offering guided tours of Tavasci Marsh.  The first tour will be on Saturday, December 7th.  Tours will begin at 10:00am every Saturday and Sunday and will last approximately 2 hours.  Visitors wishing to attend these tours are required to wear closed-toed shoes and bring water.  The tour begins and ends with a steep, rocky grade, so visitors may want to bring hiking poles for balance.  Marsh tours are free, however if visitors wish to visit the museum and pueblo trail, regular admission fees apply.
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    Special Events 12/8/2019

    Dear Neighbors
    Sunday, 12/8-A Christmas Carol Service is scheduled for 10:30 AM in Grace Community Lutheran Church at 5100 N Stevenson Dr (behind the fire station).
    Sunday, 12/8-A Montezuma Castle NPS Birthday Celebration will be at 2 PM. Warm beverages will be available by donation to support a Verde Valley Archaeology project which will support a travel fund for tribal youth to an art show. (See more information below)
    Sunday, 12/8- The “Escape to Margaritaville” benefit concert starts at 3 PM in the Beaver Creek Adult Center. The musicians are Kenn Trout, Rob Gibbs, Lincoln Thomasson and Kris Baldwin. These Parrotheads will create music from Jimmy Buffett, Harry Bellefonte, Zac Brown and the Nitty Ditty Dirt Band. Cheeseburger sliders and nonalcoholic beverage provided. $10 donation to the Adult Center. (See flyer below)
    National Park Service News Release
     
    For Immediate Release -December 2, 2019
    Krystina Isaac, Park Ranger, krystina_isaac@nps.gov
    Camp Verde, AZ
    Montezuma Castle to celebrate 113 years as a 
    National Monument
     
    In honor of the 113th anniversary of Montezuma Castle becoming a national monument, the National Park Service invites the public to a birthday celebration. On December 8th, 2019 at 2pm, staff will present programs on the conservation legacy of Theodore Roosevelt and the American Antiquities Act. Gertrude Smith, Yavapai Culture Director, of Yavapai-Apache Nation will speak to the Yavapai perspective of the development of a National Monument on ancestral lands.
    Warm beverages will be available for donation in partnership with Verde Valley Archaeology Center. All donations will go toward a travel fund to support an art show in August featuring tribal youth.
    Our staff will make every effort to ensure that children and adults of all abilities are fully included in all of our recreation programs, facilities, and parks. For questions about accessible amenities or to let us know how we may best meet your needs in any of our programs, please call Krystina Isaac, Lead Interpreter at (928) 567-3322×228.
    These events are sponsored by Western National Parks Association, a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service. Visitors’ tax-free purchases in WNPA bookstores help WNPA provide direct support to 71 NPS units across the American West. More information can be found at www.wnpa.org.
    Regular admission fees of $10 per adult apply, but there is no additional charge for the special
    programs. All Federal recreation passes are accepted, including the annual, access, senior and
    military pass; children age 15 and under are free.
    National Park Service   News Release
     
    For Immediate Release -November 15, 2019
    Laura Varon-Burkhart, Park Ranger, 928-634-5564
    Tuzigoot National Monument – Clarkdale, AZ
    Free Tavasci Marsh Tours for the Month of December
     
    At the bottom of the eastern slope of Tuzigoot Pueblo lies the largest desert wetland in Arizona that is not associated with the Colorado River.  For thousands of years, this marsh has served as a watery refuge for its surrounding desert neighbors.  People have had a unique and, at times, unbalanced relationship with the marsh, which is now under federal protection as part of Tuzigoot National Monument.
    Every weekend in the month of December, rangers will be offering guided tours of Tavasci Marsh.  The first tour will be on Saturday, December 7th.  Tours will begin at 10:00am every Saturday and Sunday and will last approximately 2 hours.  Visitors wishing to attend these tours are required to wear closed-toed shoes and bring water.  The tour begins and ends with a steep, rocky grade, so visitors may want to bring hiking poles for balance.  Marsh tours are free, however if visitors wish to visit the museum and pueblo trail, regular admission fees apply.
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